Condoleezza Rice

Tad and Dianne Taube Director | Senior Fellow
Awards and Honors:
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Biography: 

Condoleezza Rice is the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution and a senior fellow.  In addition, she is a founding partner of Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC, an international strategic consulting firm.

From January 2005 to 2009, Rice served as the sixty-sixth secretary of state of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s assistant to the president for national security affairs (national security adviser) from January 2001 to 2005, the first woman to hold the position.

Rice served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993 to 1999, during time which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. As provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and an academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students. In 1997, she also served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender--Integrated Training in the Military.

From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff, serving as director; senior director of Soviet and East European Affairs.  In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as special assistant to the director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

As a professor of political science, Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors: the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

She has authored and coauthored numerous books, including two best sellers, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011) and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010). She also wrote To Build a Better World (2019) with Philip Zelikow; Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity (2018) with Amy Zegart; Democracy: Stories From the Long Road to Freedom (2017); Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (1995) with Philip Zelikow; The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin; and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984).

In 1991, Rice cofounded the Center for a New Generation (CNG), an innovative, after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California. In 1996, CNG merged with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (an affiliate club of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America). CNG has since expanded to local BGCA chapters in Birmingham, Atlanta, and Dallas. She remains an active proponent of an extended learning day through after- school programs. 

Since 2009, Rice has served as a founding partner at RiceHadleyGates, LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. The firm works with senior executives of major companies to implement strategic plans and expand in emerging markets. Other partners include former national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley and former secretary of defense Robert M. Gates.

Rice currently serves on the board of Dropbox, an online-storage technology company; C3, an energy software company; and Makena Capital, a private endowment firm. In addition, she is a member of the boards of the George W. Bush Institute, the Commonwealth Club, the Aspen Institute, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Previously, Rice served on various additional boards, including those of KiOR, Inc.; the Chevron Corporation; the Charles Schwab Corporation; the Transamerica Corporation; the Hewlett-Packard Company; the University of Notre Dame; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors.

In 2013, Rice was appointed to the College Football Playoff Committee, formerly the Bowl Championship Series.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master's from the University of Notre Dame; and her PhD from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Rice is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded eleven honorary doctorates.  She currently resides in Stanford, California.

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Condoleezza Rice Inspires, Challenges Birmingham Students

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Birmingham Times
Thursday, March 12, 2020

There are three ways to deal with barriers. Go around them. Go over them. Or, if you have to, just go right through them. That’s what she did. And she’s encouraging today’s youth to do the same.

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Economics, Applied: A Global Commonwealth, If You Can Keep It

by Steven J. Davis, Kevin M. Murphy interview with Condoleezza Ricevia Economics, Applied
Monday, February 24, 2020

Trade, National Security, Prosperity.

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Condoleezza Rice And Golf Exemplify The Power Of Girls And Women In Sports

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA)
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Condoleezza Rice attacks challenges with enormous vigor, whether as Secretary of State, National Security Advisor to the President, a key faculty member at Stanford University, a fellow at the Hoover Institution or member of a corporate Board. And she brings that same passion to golf, which makes her the perfect face for the game on National Girls & Women in Sports Day.

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Condoleezza Rice To Helm Hoover Institution At Stanford University

quoting Condoleezza Rice, John B. Taylor, Thomas W. Gilliganvia Palo Alto Online
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been chosen as director of Stanford University's Hoover Institution, Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne announced Tuesday.

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Condoleezza Rice To Lead Stanford’s Hoover Institution

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Stanford News
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Rice will assume the post as head of the 100-year-old public policy research center on Sept. 1.

In the News

Condoleezza Rice: ‘We Are Only As Strong As Our Weakest Link’

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia PCMA
Monday, January 27, 2020

Throughout a career that has taken her to the highest reaches of power, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice drew on the values of faith, family, and education that she learned as she was growing up in racially segregated Birmingham, Alabama, she told the audience during the closing keynote at PCMA Convening Leaders 2020 in San Francisco.

In the News

Ex Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Speaks At Utah State University

quoting General Jim Mattis, Condoleezza Ricevia Cache Valley Daily
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Retired Marine Corps General Jim Mattis spoke to a large crowd at Utah State University Tuesday afternoon about his military service, his nearly-two year term as Secretary of Defense to President Donald Trump and about the importance of allies here and around the world.

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Condoleezza Rice: ‘We Are Only As Strong As Our Weakest Link’

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia PCMA
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Throughout a career that has taken her to the highest reaches of power, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice drew on the values of faith, family, and education that she learned as she was growing up in racially segregated Birmingham, Alabama, she told the audience during the closing keynote at PCMA Convening Leaders 2020 in San Francisco. 

InterviewsNational Security

Condoleezza Rice On Firing Line

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia PBS
Friday, December 6, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses the Trump administration’s on-and-off negotiations with the Taliban, as well as the reforms she believes are needed to keep NATO healthy.

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Condoleezza Rice On What Unifies Us As Americans

by Condoleezza Ricevia PolicyEd
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

What unifies us as Americans is an aspirational narrative. It does not matter where you come from, only where you are going. The energy, youthfulness, and risk-taking of immigrants who come from all over the world is what has made America what it is today.

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